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Reasons Why Women Over 40 Should Strength Train

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It's safe to say that most women over 40 who spent quality time towards their career during their 20-30's, are now looking to invest in their physical health and well being. When I say career I am also including those stay home mothers out there. Taking care of the family, in my opinion, is one of the toughest careers ever. But that's a topic for a different article;) 

The investment in our physical abilities, after 40, is not an easy task.  Strength training, unlike the zumba class most of you have tried, is tough work.  I am talking about doing a movement as little as 5 times and realizing how simple and hard "full range of motion movements" actually are. 

The list of benefits that strength training brings to the table are vast. Below is a list from all of the women over 40 I have had the chance to work with during my 12 plus years as a trainer
1- Better sleep.  Without getting too scientific here, menopause and perimenopause years makes it tough to fall asleep and/or to stay asleep. Most physical activities will improve sleep, but strength training is extremely beneficial for 40+ women because of it's hormone balancing effect. 

2- Body image.  Yes you will look better, and the enhancement of your self-confidence will be noticeable as soon as 4 months of a consistent and balanced lifestyle. Leaner muscle, stronger body, and some self defense skills, will do that to you. The increased libido during perimenopause is also one of the positive effects of strength training. 
3- Pleasant doctor visits.  All of your health markers will improve dramatically.  Strength training  has been put to the test, literally there are hundreds of studies that have demonstrated how this method of training has a direct effect on blood pressure, lowering triglycerides, resting heart rate, and insulin levels. 

As I mentioned, the list is vast but I will stick to the 3 reasons every single woman over 40 has told me within 6-8 months of consistent strength training. It's fun, gives you a new set of skills, plus it's much cheaper than a heart attack or diabetes treatment. Come visit us in Bedford, NH if you're interested in learning more.

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